Village Green 2012

THE DATE OF 2013 VILLAGE GREEN EVENT IS 13 JULY 2013. More information to follow.


Thanks to the lovely crowds that arrived at Village Green this year - we had over 31,500 visitors turning up!

Have a look at the photos and videos from the event:


As Village Green warmed up for the main event on Sat 30 June, we had a number of pre and post events:

Wed 27 June 7-10pm - PHILL JUPITUS and MARKUS BIRDMAN at Chalkwell Hall. Read more.

Fri 29 June 7.30-10pm - LISTEN TO THIS - No Talking: Just Listening A Celebration of Popular Music Live @ Chalkwell Hall. Read more.

Sat 30 June 8-10pm - AN EVENING OF COMEDY: The Boy with Tape on his Face / Markus Birdman / Duncan Oakley @ Park View Bar – Chalkwell Par.
Read more.

Sat 30 June 11am-8pm - VILLAGE GREEN: Metal presents Village Green. Back for 2012, Metal's popular, FREE arts and music festival in Chalkwell Park.

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This year’s event boasts a host of talent in a wide range of artistic disciplines, that includes: Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly; Wilko Johnson; Jake Shillingford; The Correspondents; Passenger; Snowboy; The Shirt Tail Stompers; The Boy With Tape On His Face; Lili La Scala; Jugnu Bhangra; BrazilArte; and a wide range of visual artists; street theatre and comedy. Our marketplace of over 100 artists and craftspeople also returns with a host of talent from Southend and beyond. See the full program below.

We are also introducing a variety of new attractions: a ‘cycle in’ cinema presented in partnership with Cycle Southend & The White Bus; learn to dance Lindy Hop and the Waltz at our tea dance party; side show tents featuring cabaret artists; and for a quieter moment enjoy spoken word and storytelling in the grounds of Chalkwell Hall, whilst enjoying a cup of tea from Metal's Pop-Up Cafe in the Hall.

Village Green for 2012 is being curated as one of the many events associated with Southend in Sea’s season of activity supporting the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Metal is commissioning a number of visual artists to respond to an Olympic theme across the festival site – so look out for a range of humorous, playful and more literal interpretations – and come prepared to join in.

In previous years the event has attracted an audience of around 28,000 from across the South East region and London, as the event has become a cultural highlight of Southend's thriving arts scene.

Village Green is made possible through the support of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Arts Council England.



MC - Al Naed: AL comes in stylish colours, he is also available for spares and repairs! Star of TV and Radio.

DJ Urban Allstars - The mighty Urban Allstars, stalwarts of the Southend social scene, who spin their mix of funky beats to help you move your feet!

DJ - Middle Age Spread – A leftfield wedding disco with a knowing wink and a happy heart.

AMENDMENT: Please note that Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly will not be able to play at Village Gree due to health reasons - read a letter from him here

Instead we'll have JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET, a British four-piece jazz funk band.

WILCO JOHNSON - Wilko Johnson, unofficial king of our beloved Thames Delta and the wild-eyed jewel in Southend's crown, is on home turf, you lucky people, with his electrifying band of rock'n'roll reprobates (Blockheads Norman Watt-Roy and John Robert). They're set to whip through Village Green like a whirlwind, so reinforce the structures, hold onto your pint and most importantly: DO NOT MISS!

JAKE SHILLINGFORD - My Life Story - Born in Southend. Founder of 90's cult orchestral band My Life Story, had 6 top 40 hit singles in the UK during the Brit Pop era. Jake once sang lead vocals for The Specials and has collaborated with Morrissey and his idol PJ Proby.

THE CORRESPONDENTS - The Correspondents have been busy in the studio dicing up genres ready for the mixing pot. Expect the unexpected in a ceaselessly innovative high energy electro set of musical entertainment.

CANVEY ISLAND ALLSTARS - Reformed after 20 years and playing hits from their Album ‘Escape from Oil City’, expect Special Guests!

LITTLE DOG - 70 years of Roots Dub & Ska History and only 40 minutes to bring it all to you... They’re gonna play fast, they’re gonna play hard, they’re gonna get stuck right in.

UNDER THE ICE - Young up and coming group from Southend that do things differently, Irish tunes mixed in with Jazz, rock and reggae.

MORTON VALENCE - With two critically acclaimed albums under their belt and a third album on its way, Morton Valence take time out from the studio for a rare live outing, showcasing songs from their forthcoming album and playing some old classics.


JOHN HEGLEY - John Hegley is a regular sell-out at The Edinburgh Festival. He has performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the USA Comedy Festival in Aspen, with Ulrika Jonsson & Anita Dobson in The Pyjama Game and on BBC R4's Hearing With Hegley. John Hegley is widely known as one of the country's most innovative comic poets with several best-selling volumes of poetry to his name. 'A poetry superhero, if superheroes wore glasses and sang about Luton, has special powers live'.

ED ROME - Hugely talented, an originator and captivating live, Ed has the stage presence of Bo Diddley and the patter of a poet. Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who has been performing for years with countless live sessions for the likes of Lee Perry, The Beat and members of The Specials. His song writing catapulted his ska band ‘The Big’ onto the underground Ska/Reggae scene, their success taking him all over the world. Since Ed Rome ventured solo with superb debut album, ‘A Life In Minutes’ in 2008, he has gone from strength to strength, providing exclusive support for reggae legends; Easy Star All-stars. Ed Rome tells stories in his lyrics, before delivering vocally in such a way, that echoes Ian Dury. But Ed Rome escapes comparison; he's a unique, one-off artist and in the words of Bo Diddley, 'an originator'.

THE LUCKY STRIKES - Hailing from the Thames Delta of Southend on Sea the Lucky Strikes channel blues country and gospel into their own brand of cinematic Americana. The songwriting vison of Matt Boulter (lead vocals and guitar) and Dave Giles (piano and guitar) focuses on literate ragged alternative country, influenced by the Band, Tom Waits and the spaghetti westerns of Ennio Morricone. Their newest album, Gabriel Forgive My 22 Sins, centres around the fall of boxer Frankie Valentinez, a one-time champion who descends into madness after taking a bribe to throw a fight. 'Distorted folk-rock and blues band who perform like they're riding a rocket!'


DEAD POETS - Since forming in 2008, Mark and Mixy have been challenging the preconceptions of poetry and hiphop across the country. As ‘Dead Poets,’ they have performed in venues ranging from nightclubs to secondary schools; from festivals to formal dinners. They appeared on Radio 6 Live with Steve Merchant and have recently been on a National tour with Phrased and Confused. Mark Grist has recently become an overnight, global success since his recent online rap battle with MC Blizzard. He, much like Bird Flu, has gone viral.

PASSENGER - Passenger aka Mike Rosenberg is remaking the troubadour for the modern age, his constant touring around the globe has seen him draw scores of Fans from Los Angeles to Brisbane and everywhere in between.

NEW SUBJECTS - Street soul/hip-hop acoustic and infectiously energetic. New Subjects are a 4-piece band from Essex: Johnny Thorpe, (vocals/guitar) Gary Whitington (MC/vocals), Matt Richards (drums) and Ben Maskell (keyboards). Their original sound is acoustic layered with a distinctive urban edge, soul meets street. Formed in 2009, they like to mix hip-hop with indie, appealing to a varied audience.

THE CHERRY SCOTT PROJECT - Self-described as Essex's 'ruby-in-the-dust' poet, mixes music & spoken word. Cherry Scott is a performance poet and the leading force behind live poetry collective; The Cherry Scott Project (featuring Dave Woodcock and Doozer).  She is Sundown’s resident poet and has helped co-host onstage alongside Jo Overfield since 2005 onwards.  Cherry has featured on Scroobius Pip’s Spoken Word Surgery and performed, on behalf of Sundown Poet’s, at Latitude 2007, as well as supporting John Cooper Clarke twice at both his Southend events @ Railway Hotel Pub. She continues to perform at various established venues and festivals.Her future plans involve publishing her debut poetry collection titled ‘Pick n Mix’, a themed anthology of her work to date.  She refers to herself as a ‘ruby-in-the-dust’ live poet!

MATTHEW BOULTER - Stunning songwriting, like a borrowed soul of Laurel Canyon in the 70's. Normally found as the lead singer with folk-rockers The Lucky Strikes, but Matt’s reputation as a phenomenal solo musician is on the way to becoming internationally known, due to his work with Simone Felice (The Duke & The King, The Felice Brothers) on his recent US and European tour.  Matt has performed on the same billing as greats such as Richmond Fontaine, Martha Wainwright and Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes).  His smoky Americana voice is the perfect accompaniment to his poetic songwriting.

SILVERTRUTH - Eerie, atmospheric, exit music that only a band with real depth could create. Silvertruth is a 3-piece alt-rock band from Essex, consisting of Chris Davison (guitar/vocals). Dan Eggleton (drums) and Pete Shelley (bass).  Influences include Radiohead, Deftones, Mogwai, Kyuss, Nirvana, Nick Cave and Pink Floyd.  Their experimental material, especially live, is a refreshing discovery. The debut Silvertruth album; 'Derailed' is out now and available to download.

ADAM LARTER - Absurdist comedian who likes a prop or two. Adam Larter is a 24-year-old surreal, absurdist comedian based in London. He performs long story set pieces, 1-man plays; uses music, props and general madness. In 2011 he did his first full Edinburgh show at the City Cafe,Adam Larter: The Legend of Bob Geldof and other short stories. He's been noted as 'one to watch for the future' by several live comedy reviewers.

SIMON BLACKMAN - Could be John Shuttleworth's Billericay love-child. Truly hilarious poet and performer! Simon Blackman is a performance poet, writer and comedy performer. Famed for his work with the Southend-on-Sea comedy improvisation team 'Quirkish Delight'. Short-listed for the BBC’s 2007 new talent initiative 'Witty and Twisted', his work has featured on BBC 7’s comedy sketch show 'Play and Record' and he's guested regularly at numerous Essex and London venues including Sundown Arts events, The Spitz, The Sutton and Shopland Festival, Chelmsford’s The Fling and Performance Poetry organisation Apples & Snakes Exposed Tour.

THE CANDLE THIEVES - Weird & wonderful chaps who can play a mean toy piano whilst balancing an inflatable shark! Two songwriters from Peterborough - Scott McEwan and 'The Glock' - a pair of chaps who wear big, thick-framed glasses, who walk out onto the stage to the sound of the Jaws theme tune, set off bubble machines, and play glockenspiels, toy pianos, shakers and snares. They summon up the spirits of Eels, Sufjan Stevens, and the Lucksmiths in their sounds, but make wonderful songs that are utterly their own.

SUNDOWN STAGE for Village Green has been funded by the Arts Council England.


ROB CARTER - There’s sweetness, maturity and charm here... through downplayed musical numbers, modest persona and quietly quirky metaphors. Satirical songs and intelligent wit from the 2012 Musical Comedy Awards Winner. A regular on the circuit, Rob's charming use of sharp wit and quirky metaphor makes him a must-see act.

JIMMY EASTWOOD - Dark and beautifully mysterious vocal melodies entwined within authentic earthy bluesy original songs. Jimmy Eastwood is a deep and inspiring artist to look out for and follow. After making her musical mark in Brighton and London, Jimmy Eastwood has brought her acoustic blend of blues, folk and soul back to her hometown. Having spent time in collaboration with members of Massive Attack and James Taylor Quartet, including a live feature on BBC6 Music, she has returned to her singer-songwriter roots. Her trademark sincere delivery and a voice that has drawn comparisons to Adele, Joni Mitchell and Eva Cassidy make for a heartbreaking performance.


KATE DENNY AND SIMON ROUTH - A gently poignant and increasingly haunting musical delight. After 2 years with the folk trio The Kittiwakes Kate has released her first solo album to great critical acclaim, ‘Kate’s fresh, bracing singing voice is underscored by deft accompaniment from her viola’ fRoots magazine. She is joined by local fingerpickin guitar legend Simon Routh. This is sure to be a magic set.

PETE DUNHILL - It would easier to ask ‘which band has Pete NOT played in?’. Pete has done it all and seen it all and along the way has taught most of the folk community how to play guitar. With a sweet singing voice and brilliant guitar with a huge repertoire this is a rare solo outing that is not to be missed!

RICHARD HORT - After a few years of musical hibernation Richard has started to make regular appearances at the Hoy at Anchor and with his soaring ‘Tim Buckley’ like voice and beautiful original songs Richard has made a huge impact. Like many of us at the club you will be asking yourself ‘why haven’t I heard of him before?’. 'With his soaring ‘Tim Buckley’ voice and beautiful original songs Richard has made a huge impact. Like many of us... you will be asking yourself "why haven’t I heard of him before"?'

SLOW LORIS - Slow Loris is a rip-roaring, acoustic/electric song and barn dance band, with an original sound and hot rhythms. Their music is a potent mix of folk roots, blues, and songs and tunes written by Joe Parker and Jack Forbes.

THE DARVAZA HOLE - Pounding drum work, soaring vocals and jagged guitar…a brilliant mix of progressive and indie rock... a fantastic band...

THE ABBOTT BROTHERS - Mix together old-time brother duets from the mountains, good ol’ honky-tonk country songs, add in some blazing bluegrass-style solos, tight sibling harmonies, and you get an idea of what an Abbott Brothers show is like.

LAUGHING BOY - Regularly featuring the cream of British stand-up talent, Laughing Boy is a great night out for any connoisseur of comedy.

LAZY CURTIS - Lazy Curtis is all about driving guitars and gratuitous melody, creating a sound that celebrates everything good about Rock music and that doesn't pander to short term trends of so many new bands.

CALEB - One of Southend's most unique indie-rock bands’... Caleb’s sound develops forms of grunge, rock and haunting balladry.

DAVE WOODCOCK - Brilliant singer songwriter and keyboard player, not to be missed.


Park View Bar – Chalkwell Park, London Road, Southend

Please note that this is a ticketed event - Tickets £5 - book here.

THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE - A character with universal appeal. Delightful, wry, many-layered and hilarious, he transcends the barriers of language and culture. Just like during the show, words cannot express how transcendentally funny The Boy with Tape on his Face is to watch.

DUNCAN OAKLEY is a regular feature on BBC Radio 4's 'Shappi Talk' and Channel 4's 'Slam!' He's BBC New Comedy Awards Finalist and had a major role as Eddie in Beat 24's feature film 'Frontman' (Best Film Swansea Bay Int. Film Fest, Best Mockumentary - Amsterdam). He's performed at Edinburgh Fringe, was a compere for Kitty Cointreau's 'Bra-HaHa', as well as written and performed with Tony Law. He has an ear for the joke, and they come thick and fast – no matter how daft, or occasionally how obvious.

MARKUS BIRDMAN is one of the leading comics on the UK and international live circuit. He regularly headlines the world famous Comedy Store and has performed sell out solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Adelaide Fringe, and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Such weighty material, handled with the utmost respect. Birdman never lets us go, always staying relevant, focused and absorbing, not to mention hilarious.


Hosted by SNOWBOY - Snowboy is hosting an afternoon of 40's entertainment with The Shirt Tail Stompers and a period Tea Dance with Paul Taylor's Vintage Tea Dance Orchestra, Lindy Hop and Foxtrot lessons with Elaine from Spotlight Studios and the DJ Rob Be-Bop. Percussionist Snowboy has been one of the main cornerstones for the British and European Latin Jazz scene for over 15 years with his powerful band called THE LATIN SECTION. The band is literally comprised of a ‘Dream Team’ of the finest Jazz and Latin musicians based in the UK.

DJ Rob Be-Bop - a highly-rated DJ who also happens to be one of the greatest dancers around.

THE SHIRT TAIL STOMPERS - Righteously retro, but youthful, trad jazzers dive back to prohibition-era speakeasies for inspiration, playing clarinet/trumpet/guitar-led Dixieland hits from Waller, Ellington and Basie.

PAUL TAYLOR VINTAGE TEA DANCE ORCHESTRA - For those who knew the days of the big band, live music can never be replaced by push-button canned music. For those new to the game, dancing to a real band can change everything. Vintage Tea Dance will deliver some 'freshly brewed' dance music. Under the baton, or trombone, of Mr Paul Taylor, the Orchestra spins the melodies of yesteryear for the discerning dancer. The golden years of swing have been distilled into a six-piece dance band that reaches back for waltzes and steps forward for rumbas and cha-cha-cha.

Dance Classes: Social Fox Trot with DJ Rob Be-Bop and Fox Trot/Waltz class and Lindy Hop class with Elaine Hill / DJ Rob Be-Bop.

ELAINE HILL from Spotlight Dance is a fully qualified member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the International Dance Teachers Association, two of the largest professional dance teachers’ organizations in the world. Elaine also holds the British Council of Ballroom Dancing Scrutineering certificate. She was on the original Strictly Come Dancing!

FROM 7PM: CABARET - Hosted by LILI LA SCALA - Lili la Scala gathers some of her favourite variety performers in this hour long extravaganza of music, variety, skill and comedy.



STAGE 5 - THEATRE (Southend Education Trust

THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE - Dance Games featuring Freddie Opoku-Addaie (ROH Choreographic Associate 2009-2011). Performances at 2pm and 5pm and workshop for dancers 7 years and up from 4pm-5pm in the marquee.

THE INFLATABLES - The Inflatables perform live improvised comedy based on your suggestions! The rest we improvise on-the-spot. No script, no preparation. Without you they would cease to exist! The Inflatables are primed to make up stories, sketches, scenes and songs on the spur of the moment. With no scripts or preparation, they rely solely on their wits and on audience suggestions. They perform their comedy shows regularly at venues in and around London and have appeared on the Stratford upon Avon Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Get ready to inflate your joy-levels...

Kayzar Dance - Kayzar is a dance school and performance company based in Essex. Kayzar achieved the title England’s top dance School, and have won many titles at the British and European Championships.

On Stage Theatre Company - An amateur theatre company who were formed to take on a variety of different youth theatre projects, in the south east of England.

Southend Shakespeare Company - This is a Hamlet which will thrill those who come to the play for the first time, and those who have seen it a dozen times.

Southend Operatic Society - The society’s ensemble always produces good performances and this show gave them the opportunity to shine.

The Little Theatre Company - Little Theatre Company will be performing a selection of songs from past, present and future show including a preview from their forthcoming musical based on Bram Stoker’s gothic novel ‘Dracula’.

Leigh Operatic Society - Local musical theatre group Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society will be performing with a live band a selection of their favourite Pop/Rock songs from their shows past, present and future. Wiggles Dance Club Special Guests: Rob Carter - See Stage 3 Richard Sandling - See Stage 6

STAGE 6 - CAFE VALISE (Outside Chalkwell Hall)

PALACE WRITERS - Members of The Palace Writers' Group will be presenting short pieces of their writing, mostly poetry, but also excerpts from longer work.

USIFU JALLOH - Energetic, funny and deeply inspiring storytelling performer

HEARTY LAUGHS - Laughter and Yoga. An unusual mix which can be quite contagious! Giggle away your troubles, lighten your load and set yourself up for feeling happy and carefree for the rest of the day! Come and join 'Hearty Laughs' laughter session at 1pm. You will be introduced to a combination of laughter exercises, yogic breathing and playfulness, ending with the amazing experience of Laughter Meditation.


QUIRKISH DELIGHT - Their show is your show. A merry band of comedy monkeys who love to perform under direction of the audience. Rhythm shack rehearsal

RHYTHM SHACK rehearsal - A man on a mission to make music accessible to all. Come along to clap, sing or even bring a guitar! See below...

RICHARD SANDLING - Award winning performs stand up comedy for kids, like a normal club set, with no swearing, no sex, no drugs, but a bit of Rock and Roll!

THE INFLATABLES - see above - The Inflatables are primed to make up stories, sketches, scenes and songs on the spur of the moment. With no scripts or preparation, they rely solely on their wits and on audience suggestions. Get ready to inflate your joy-levels...

STAGE 7 Global Village - A fusion of cultures, rhythms and traditions

DrumKulture - African Jembe drumming participation with Aliou Diallo.

BRAZILARTE - Capoeira, Percussion, Music, Dance and Art.

Festival 'no Ritmo da Capoeira' 2012 Teaser from Emma Gibbs de Oliveira on Vimeo.

JUGNU BHANGRA - Performing traditional Harvest dance from Punjab India to the rhythm of the Dhol drum.

RHYTHM SHACK PRESENT CAMP FIRE SESSION - Inspired by the late Joe Strummer's campfire gatherings at Glastonbury, and continuing in his own mission to make music more accessible for more people, Dave Crix from Rhythm Shack is organising an acoustic 'campfire session' for Village Green 2012

Anyone who can sing or play acoustic guitar is welcome to come and join in. You can even just come along and clap... And you can join in on all the songs or just the ones you like. The songs and lyric/chord sheets will be available from Metal or from Rhythm Shack before the event.

I Shall Be Released - Bob Dylan
Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
I Fought The Law - The Clash
Redemption Song - Bob Marley
Whistle For The Choir - The Fratellis
Ooh La La - The Faces
That's Entertainment - The Jam
Candy - Paolo Nutini
Paramore - The Only Exception


AyigaAfrik Dance - Presenting Holy Holy choreographed by Assou Assayigah plus Bio about Ayigafrika and images. Assayigah is a highly qualified and experienced dancer, choreographer and teacher from Togo. He is also one of the few choreographers on the African continent to distance himself from the mimetic traditions he has himself researched and learned, and to approach African dance in a contemporary, personal way.

POLISH DANCE CLASS - this is a warm up to Polonaise on the Pier (Saturday 14 July) which is a celebration of Polish dance and will take place on on two Piers – Southend and Sopot.

SOUTHEND BOLLYWOOD DANCERS - Garbas Folk dance and Ras based on Gujarati folk songs.

THE BEATROOTS - Recording and producing original music locally, they'll be performing in an acoustic style giving you new unreleased material as well as tracks from their most recent release ‘Paper Scissors Stone’. Described as funky folk reggae or alternative UK reggae.

ELVIS DACOSTA - Born to Jamaican parents, Elvis DaCosta was brought up in Brixton, South London, on a staple diet of music such as Blue Beat, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Ska, Rocksteady and reggae.

THE FAMOUS POTATOES - Soil music for barn dances! Expect: western swing, bluegrass, country, gospel, folk, cajun and who knows what all else! They have appeared on TV and Radio numerous times!

The GLOBAL VILLAGE stage has been supported by Intermix and Essex Cultural Diversity Project:


Lili la Scala and some of the finest cabaret performers entertain you in the intimate surroundings of this adorable 1920's hoopla tent.

Performances through the day:

Reuben DotDotDot (AUS) - see above... Star of Cirque du Soleil, Reuben DotDotDot defies gravity and dodges death with his insane acrobatic stunts.

Lisa Lottie (The Netherlands) - see above...  Crazily agile, beautifully charming and unbelievably flexible, Lisa Lottie, our hula hooping hottie. Lisa trained at Escola Nacional de Circo, in Brazil and has performed in 23 countries. She has the few females performing on Covent Garden’s famous West Piazza.

Sam Wills (NZ) - New Zealand’s foremost funny freak presents a show with more stunts, more mayhem and more stupidity than you can shake a juggler at. Quite simply, he’s the freak you could take home to your mum.

Mike Raffone (aka Microphone) (UK) A mixture of acting, clown and verbal comedy, with the additional skills of escapology, and magic. Mike brings hilarity with his unique brand of wit, charm, and playful comedy.

Lili la Scala (UK) - see above - Your hostess for the day, a combination of a vintage pin-up girl figure, the face like a star of the silver screen and the voice of an angel, she will enthrall and delight.

THREE POLYVINYL CRAFTSMEN MARQUE - Three Polyvinyl Craftsmen are Paul Lagden, Paul Siggins and Paul Cooper, 3 record collecting music fans who decided to get together to inflict their eclectic music tastes on an unsuspecting online audience. They will be launching the first release on Polyvinyl Craftsmen Records, a 7” EP by Wobbly Lamps which features Laggers on guitar. Live music will come from Tuppeny Bunters, Vinyl Stitches and Wobbly Lamps with Thee Polyvinyl Craftsmen spinning vinyl all day.

The Wobbly Lamps - Southend-based band quickly developing a following among fans of low end, lo-fi, trippy garage rock. Paul Lagden - Guitar, Lee Hall - Guitar, Gareth Thomas – Vox, Ash Lyons – Trapsticks, Derek Pitt – Bass. 'These guys are one of the most exciting local acts I’ve seen for a long time.This is true dirty garage rock played with attitude.' - Level 4 Magazine.

The Vinyl Stitches - 'Occasionally London throws up a primitive rock and roll band that you simply can't ignore. The Vinyl Stitches are such a band' Shindig Magazine.

The Tuppenny Bunters - A piano/Drums-Boy/Girl outfit. Jazz-punk originals, 60's TV themes and other sped-up garagey stuff, sort of like a 2-piece Jim Jones, loud dirty piano and hard'n'fast drums.


All workshops in the Activity Marquee are free, please turn up just before they start, participation is first come first served, numbers are limited. Please see the information board outside the marquee for age suitability. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Two by Two - Make cute sock snakes and bunnies with the Two by Two team of sock-crazy young Mums who know the toys that kids and grown-ups love to make, give and hug.

Stories from the Palace Theatre - Join storytellers from Southend’s Palace Theatre who will delight young and old alike with their entrancing tales.

Pretty Decopatch Flowerpot workshop - Decopatch is a fun and new version of Decopage, which uses brightly coloured papers and a glue solution to decorate a huge range of objects. Glass, ceramic, metal, and wood all have the potential to be brought back to life with this easy and fun method of decoration. This workshop is an opportunity to transform an every day flower pot into your own original work of art!

Writers Anonymous - Adults and young people are invited to join experts from Writers Anonymous for essential advice and guidance on developing your creative writing skills. Gain a valuable insight into effective techniques and their practical application, everything you need to know from idea to page.

Royal Opera House Dance Games Workshop - Join exciting choreographer and performer Freddie Opoku-Addaie for a fun dance activity inspired by a popular Ghanaian game – are you inventive, can you follow the rules and complete the challenge? Suitable for adults and accompanied children aged 7+.

Writers Anonymous

Creative Writing Workshops (as above)

The following organisations are offering free talks, demonstrations, performances or workshop activities across the site until 6pm:

Bookstart Story Rhymes Sessions - Join the Bookstart team for free 30 minute storytelling sessions on the half hour throughout the day, perfect for under 5’s and their families.

Buttercup Playgroup - Join Buttercup for some outdoor messy play and fun for little ones.

Craft Club - Get creative and discover the joy of craft and learn finger-knitting in the Crafts Council Craft Club tent.

Playing Southend - a fun drop-in drawing workshop based on gaming – help create Southends own unique platform game

South Essex College - have a host of exciting creative activities on throughout the day in the marquee including fashion workshops in accessory and paper dress making, have a go song writing and hands on art activity.

Southend Adult Community College - are offering free family learning activities including pom pom animal and badge making, as well as the chance to find out about their great range of courses

Spin Arts - Come and create your own unique work of art in minutes using spin painting!

Sydney Ink - Find out all about Sydney, the little green dragon and his family from the Sun. Sydney Ink make cards, stories and worksheets, to encourage and inspire pre-school and key stage 1 children to write and read. Come and join in their free storytelling and colouring activities throughout the day.

Yoga Dharma - Relax in the garden and enjoy a range of free outdoor yoga sessions and other activities with the Yoga Dharma team

Palace Writers Group - Members of The Palace Writers' Group will be presenting short pieces of their writing, mostly poetry, but also excerpts from longer work on stage 6.

Emerge Arts - Didn’t get Olympic tickets, no problem… join Emerge Arts for a very special Village Green Mini Family Olympics 1 -3pm in the football field instead!

Holistic Hijack - Helping Health, Happiness and Wellbeing reach (R)evolution point.
12pm - Hub opens for pre-talks-chat & One Tribe All 'Get Together'
1-1:45pm - Personal Freedom Realisation" with Dan Jones
2-2:45pm - Cell to Soul Wellness & Wellbeing with Richie A. Watson
3-3:30pm - Wholefoodie snack break
3:45-4:30pm - Enlightened Entrepreneurism with Jamison Combs
4:45-5:30pm - Effortless Happiness with Dean Rees-Evans

Barefoot Wines - Come and sample a fantastic variety of delicious wines from the innovative Barefoot Wine Company, whilst letting your creative juices flow making an impressive line of bunting – this family-friendly activity is for all ages.


LATA UPADHYAYA - Make sure you don’t miss Lata Upadhyaya’s beautifully crafted metal sculptures on display in the Cedar tree garden by Chalkwell Hall.

KARAOKE ILIAD - Join artist Lyn Macritchie and musician Charlie Skelton help bring Homers epic Iliad to life using ancient karaoke in the football field.

SOAPBOX - Artist Hayley Louise Goodsell will be inviting participants to record a short video blog for “Soapbox” an online artwork which collects people’s responses to the build up and aftermath of the London 2012 Olympics. Find Hayley In the beach hut in the Meadow field

SOUTHEND YOUTH MAYOR & YOUTH COUNCIL - 'Olympics of Personal Triumphs’- Celebrate individual achievements – big and small

WHITE WALL SPACE - Showing a collection of work by all the artists that showed work in their gallery during its time at the Quarter Deck, Leigh Hill

TEN BOMB - This year Tenbomb will be bringing their usual twist of calculated chaos to the festival. Expect to see a huge interactive Olympic mural where YOU get to draw your own face in the audience (Come and have a go with your kids). There will be some tunage, live painting and a shop selling our prints and T’s. We’ve got loads of give away goodie bags up for grabs. Come and find us fun and freebies folks.

LIVE DRAWING BILLBOARD - Have your say and be a part of the Live Drawing Billboard with artist Heidi Wigmore. A double billboard artwork called ‘Independent Free State’ – a campaign for imaginative space. Live drawing event starting at Village Green and then touring around London.

THE CURVE - Designed by Jane Woollatt. A constantly changing playful event. By inviting people to make marks, to respond to the marks left by another and to dare to remove marks, the piece will evolve throughout the day. Letting the image mutate and transform using positive and negative marks, chalks and sponges. Most of all it is about having fun putting heads and arms through the holes and taking photos to share.

CUBES - These three simple yet, dynamic sculptures by visual artist Jonathan Kipps were made especially for Village Green. Dotted around the site they not only punctuate the open spaces with colour, but also become a site for people to meet and a back drop on which to post information about spontaneous occurrences around the festival.

MARKET PLACE - ‘Our bespoke lively arts and crafts Marketplace again presents a huge variety of creative talents from across Southend and beyond – an exciting and bustling area of the festival, with a distinctly vintage feel.’

FOOD - A selection of delicious food and drink from around the World will be around the site throughout the day.

CYCLE IN CINEMA - In partnership with Cycle Southend & The White Bus

Tom and Jerry - Classic cartoons capers from the world’s most famous cat and mouse duo.

Cycling Short Films - What is bicycle culture? It's what you make of it. Anything can happen: Activists educate the policymakers. Bureaucrats create whimsical public art. Strangers help each other move house by bike. Corporations turn their drive-thrus into bike thrus. Joe Biel's short movies explore all these phenomena and more as he follows the emergence of modern bike culture over the last ten years of riding the streets of U.S. cities and meeting the characters who are making the magic happen.

Bugsy Malone - Set in 1929 New York City, Bugsy Malone captures a flashy world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls, and dreamers - all played by child actors! As Tallulah, the sassy girlfriend of the owner of Fat Sam's Grand Slam Speakeasy, future superstar Jodie Foster dances and sings her way into our hearts. Award-winning pop composer Paul Williams wrote the words and music for this thoroughly delightful movie. Fun for all the Family. This 1976 British musical film, set in the early 1920s to 1931. Sing along to the classic music score, while enjoying some great custard pie fights!

Beauty and the Bike (Short) - Fascinating documentary comparing cycling habits of girls from two European towns, Darlington and Bremen.

The Big Charge (short) - Represents this community’s effort to power the Village Green Festival in 2010 with nothing but a bicycle.

The Triplets of Belleville - A fun animated film following Madame Souza who is looking for her kidnapped son.